Lindsay Allen, Brianna Turner earn All-ACC honors for Notre Dame

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Notre Dame standouts Lindsay Allen and Brianna Turner both earned spots on the Atlantic Coast Conference's Blue Ribbon media panel’s All-ACC women's basketball first team, while Jackie Young was honored with a spot on the league's all-freshman team.

The Irish will travel Wednesday to Conway, S.C., where the 40th annual ACC tourney will begin. More league honors will be announced Wednesday. Notre Dame holds the No. 1 seed in the tourney.

“I couldn’t be happier for Bri (Turner) and Lindsay for what they have done for us all season,” said Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw Tuesday. “They have been our most consistent players. They played well in the big games. I am disappointed we did not have more than two on the team. I think both Arike (Ogunbowale) and Marina (Mabrey) both deserve to be on it.”

Allen has never missed a start in her 142 games at Notre Dame and, on Sunday, tied the school’s 30-year-old career assist record with 778. She has 219 assists this year, ranking fifth on the school’s single-season chart. The two-year team captain is also just eight assists shy of breaking the ACC career assist record of 785 set from 2004-08 by Virginia’s Sharnee Zoll.

Allen leads the ACC and is ranked among the top six nationally in assists, assists per game and assist to turnover ratio. She is also scoring 9.2 points per game and has 67 steals to place among the league leaders as well.

Reflecting her all-around game, Turner is one of just two players nationally (with West Virginia’s Lanay Montgomery) to rank in the top 16 nationally for both field goal percentage and blocked shots. Turner leads the ACC in both of those categories as well. Just a junior, she already stands 11th in league history with 254 career blocked shots and fourth with her .621 career field goal percentage.

Turner, who also was a first-team all-ACC player a year ago, enjoyed the repeat honor. “I am excited about it, but want more to win the ACC tourney and keep that No. 1 seed.”

Turner turned in six double-doubles this season and made perhaps her greatest impact when she scored a career-high 31 points in the win at No. 21 Syracuse. Turner, who leads Notre Dame at both 15.5 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game, earned ACC Player of the Week recognition Dec. 12.

Young’s naming to the all-freshman team was no surprise. She has been playing well as the season progressed, flashing strong defensive and rebounding skills for the Irish. Young averaged 7.1 points her game in her debut campaign for the Irish, appearing in 26 of the team’s 30 games. She averaged 4.7 rebounds per game, fourth on the squad. Her career-high 12 rebounds proved to be crucial in the narrow Feb. 19 win at No. 21 Syracuse. She was named the ACC Rookie of the Week twice this year, claiming the prize on both Dec. 5 and Feb. 13.

2016-17 All-ACC Team as selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel

First Team

Lexie Brown, Jr., G, Duke

Rebecca Greenwell, R-Jr., G, Duke

Leticia Romero, Sr., G, Florida State

Shakayla Thomas, Jr., F, Florida State

Asia Durr, So., G, Louisville

Myisha Hines-Allen, Jr., F, Louisville

Lindsay Allen, Sr., G, Notre Dame

Brianna Turner, Jr., F, Notre Dame

Alexis Peterson, Sr., G, Syracuse

Brittney Sykes, R-Sr., G, Syracuse

Second Team

Mariya Moore, Jr., F, Louisville

Adrienne Motley, Sr., G, Miami

Jessica Thomas, Sr., G, Miami

Miah Spencer, Sr., G, NC State

Dominique Wilson, Sr., G, NC State

All-ACC Freshman Team

Kobi Thornton, Fr., P, Clemson

Leaonna Odom, Fr., F, Duke

Francesca Pan, Fr., G, Georgia Tech

Jackie Young, Fr., G, Notre Dame

Gabby Cooper, Fr., G, Syracuse

Dominique Toussaint Fr., G, Virginia

Jocelyn Willoughby, Fr., G, Virginia

Alex Sharp, Fr., G, Wake Forest

Notre Dame women's basketball standouts Brianna Turner (11) and Lindsay Allen (background) earned All-ACC first-team honors, the league announced on Tuesday. (Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLN)